How we recruit

Safe Work Australia is committed to maintaining equity and fairness in recruitment selection processes and recognises merit as the primary basis for selection.

Selection assessment methods may vary and interviews may not be conducted. Other methods of assessment may include assessments based on applications and referee reports, written or work sample tests and behavioural questionnaires.

The selection panel will consider your capabilities, skills, knowledge, experience and performance or your demonstrated potential for further development relevant to the advertised vacancy.

If your application is shortlisted for further assessment, you will be contacted regarding the next phase of the process. If your application is not shortlisted, you will receive notification of this when the selection process has been finalised.

You should ensure you are available for an assessment within one month following closure of the application period. Safe Work Australia tries to ensure minimum of two days’ notice for an interview is given to shortlisted candidates. If you are going to be absent from work or home at any time please note this in your application and provide alternative contact details.

Once you are told the outcome of the selection process you are entitled to ask for feedback on your application from the selection panel.

If you have any questions on Safe Work Australia’s recruitment processes please contact the HR hotline on (02) 6240 5064 or email

Time Frame

The recruitment process is dependent on the availability of a number of parties, such as; selection advisory panel, applicants and referees. Although all efforts are taken to complete the process in as short a time as possible, unforeseen circumstances may delay the process.


If you are offered employment with Safe Work Australia and are not currently an ongoing employee of the Australian Public Service (APS) your employment will be subject to a 6 month probationary period, during which time your conduct and work performance will be assessed to determine whether they meet the standards required by the Agency. If Safe Work Australia receives reports contrary to any of the above eligibility checks, you may be assessed as unsuitable for employment, at which time the offer may be withdrawn.

Pre-Employment National Police Check

If you are offered employment with Safe Work Australia, you will be required to undergo a Pre-Employment National Police Check as a condition of employment.

Health Assessment

If you are offered employment with Safe Work Australia and are not currently an ongoing employee of the APS you will be required to undergo a health assessment. The health assessment is conducted to ensure you have the health and mental capacity to meet the requirements of the position and to identify any adjustments that may need to be made in the workplace. Costs associated with the health assessment are met by the Agency.

Security Clearance

If you are offered employment with Safe Work Australia you may be required to undergo a security clearance. This will involve completing a security assessment package and providing documentation that contains proof of your claims, for example, proof of residential address.

If you have a question about our recruitment process you can contact the People and Performance Team via email at or via the HR Hotline at 02 6240 5064.


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